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Charcoal storage - exposed to the elements?

cssmd27cssmd27 Posts: 137
edited May 2012 in EggHead Forum
Hi, I'm new to the forum but I've lurked off and on for years and have had by BGE for about 5 years now.

So, I have a question (actually, I'll probably have a lot now that I'm officially on board) about charcoal storage.  Does leaving the bags exposed to routine rain and the elements create any problems long term?  By long term I'm talking about 12-18 months at the extreme and I'm not talking about issues related to the bag degenerating but rather just the charcoal itself.  Also, I'm not talking about leaving it soaking in standing water nor issues associated with it being wet right after a rain and being difficult to ignite and burn.

I've gone overboard in purchasing charcoal and have exceeded my garage capacity.  I know I leave a bag or two that I'm using outdoors and short term it never seems to suffer ill effects.  And, I've left my wood chunks outside for years and haven't noticed much difference.  So, does leaving charcoal outside cause any problems that you guys know about?

Thanks and I'm looking forward to contributing!
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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    if wet or even damp it will be hard to ignite and get going.  damp charcoal can take a long time to get to temp, even if you don't notice that it is damp.  extended high humidity is enough to cause it. but nothing will 'happen' to it that would be permanent when it dried.


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  • Jmille15Jmille15 Posts: 8
    Just ship the extra to me.. I will find a place for it.
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  • DIXIEDOGDIXIEDOG Posts: 109
    A couple bags work great in a plastic trash can, they'll stay dry and ready to go.
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  • Deck box is good too. I keep 2 bags outside in the deck box and the rest in the garage. I found wet lump to be very "sparky" too. It's not great to let it get wet but I'm sure we've all muddled through with wet lump before. 

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  • ShedFarmShedFarm Posts: 499
    edited May 2012
    Yep! Deck boxes work really well for holding any overflows of lump...image

    The above box is holding 20, 10lb bags of Royal Oak, and was purchased from Lowe's.
    BJ (Powhatan, VA)
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  • cssmd27cssmd27 Posts: 137
    Thanks guys! Just to be clear, I wasn't speaking of using it while it was wet or damp. I'll always have plenty of dry bags to allow any dampness to fully evaporate. I was just wondering if getting wet occasionally would cause any fundamental problems with the charcoal.
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  • Thanks guys! Just to be clear, I wasn't speaking of using it while it was wet or damp. I'll always have plenty of dry bags to allow any dampness to fully evaporate. I was just wondering if getting wet occasionally would cause any fundamental problems with the charcoal.
    That's what I was taking about too. It' seems the times I've used charcoal that had dried after getting wet, it was very sparky and popped really loudly. It could have been a one-offf since I've only done it a few times but I remember thinking at the time that it had to be the moisture. If it's just temporary, you could throw the bags in a trash bag or plastic trash can until you use it up



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